Tuesday, January 19, 2010

December #4 - THE HELP

Title: The help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-399-155-34-5

Series or stand-alone: Stand-alone

Setting: Jackson, MS

1st Sentence:

Chapter 1
August 1962
Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.


I had reservations about this book because it goes so far outside the scope of what I typically read, but I loved it and nearly a month later and it is still with me. It also made the list of my top 5 favorite books read in 2009.

Skeeter Phelan, a white woman who is disgusted with the prejudices around her enlists the help of some of the black women who work for her friends to tell her what it's like to work for the white families for which they work. And write a book about it. But times in the south in the sixties aren't all that easy and the women face danger by speaking ill of their employers. I thought it was a great representation of the time and I think it would make a fantastic movie!

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